Poems. Short stories. Memoir. Sudden Fiction. Novel excerpts. We love to read and discuss them all. (Guest post from Bill Belcher)

November 1, 2006

The novelist Mario Vargas Llosa said, “Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.” Jessamyn West said, “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer.” Still…

It’s true—writing is hard work, and it’s done alone. There are no water coolers, no staff meetings, no corporate conferences, and no team building exercises to guide from one chapter to the next. Still, there are resources like Inkberry that help to bring kindred spirits together. And, there are times when a writer needs to come out from behind the desk and talk to other writers, get feedback, and discuss the craft. That is where Thursday Night Critique comes in.

On the first and third Thursday night of every month, a group of writers meets at Inkberry to discuss their work, tackle writing exercises, solve problems, and have fun. It’s free and open to writers of all levels and all genres. So far, this season has been wonderful—full of new faces and new work from workshop veterans. Poems. Short stories. Memoir. Sudden Fiction. Novel excerpts. We love to read and discuss them all. So, if you are compelled to come out of isolation and participate in workshop or if you just want to hang out, feel free to drop in on Thursday Night Critique. Email me at bill@inkberry.org or just show up. (Upcoming dates: Nov. 2 and Nov. 19.)

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